About the Organization
Founded in 1977, ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development. Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential. Our Core Values Statement: We believe that how we do our work is as important as what we do. To learn more about ZERO TO THREE, please visit our website at www.zerotothree.org.
Our Commitment to Diversity
ZERO TO THREE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, advancement, and professional development and is dedicated to diversity in its work, its staff and with community partners. This is an exceptional opportunity for a professional who shares our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and supports our mission to enhance outcomes for ALL children.
The Regional Field Specialist provides support to Infant Toddler Court Program (ITCP) grantees in implementing infant-toddler court teams. Supportive services include various levels of TA delivery such as:
- Targeted (remote) and intensive (onsite) training and technical assistance to individual grantees
- Coordination of and facilitation of universal technical assistance through learning collaboratives and communities to regional or other defined groups (including in-person regional meetings, monthly regional calls, and communities of practice)
- Facilitating connections with technical experts
- Supporting the development of products to operationalize universal TA
- Identifying best practices and disseminating lessons learned.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Assist with site selection activities (e.g. RFP development, proposal review).
- Participate in the investigation of evidence-based and evidence-informed programs and practices for families with young children in foster care.
- Work with the ITCP Project Director, Senior Technical Assistance Specialist, subcontractors, other RFS Staff and consultants as needed to plan, support, coordinate and provide all levels of technical assistance to grantees.
- Lead and facilitate a minimum of one learning collaborative capturing approximately 8-10 sites with up to 80 participants total (each site team representing 6-8 members) in reaching specific milestones over a distinct period of time.
- Maintain an ongoing and responsive relationship with assigned evaluation, implementation and outreach sites, beginning with the development or review of individualized action plans.
- Assist all sites with implementing high-quality, culturally relevant evidence-based services/curricula/interventions.
- Participate in the conceptualization and development of training and technical assistance materials such as web-based learning modules, self-assessment instruments, hand-outs and other training materials.
- Assist all sites with prioritizing implementation strategies and the exploration of available evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions for sites/states.
- Maintain regular communication with assigned grantees.
- Use a variety of methods to optimize engagement, impart information pertinent to implementation and facilitated peer learning through in-person facilitated training, learning collaboratives and communities, as well as both remote and intensive technical assistance sites/states.
- Make in-person RFS visits to each site as budgeted.
- Work with grantee staff and leaders to provide widely available community training by project consultants.
- Provide subject matter expertise to sites and states who are implementing the Safe Babies Court Team™ approach regarding aspects of infant and early childhood development, family wellbeing and the promotion of collective impact for systems change.
- Monitor and contribute to the effectiveness of training and technical assistance through the evaluation of the ITCP including tracking trends of site level data and inputting RFS performance data into the National SBCT database sharing observations of lessons learned in the planning and delivery of technical assistance and participating in quality improvement efforts in cooperation with project evaluators.
- Perform other duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the project.
Skills and Experience
- 5 to 7 years of documented professional experience/accomplishments focusing on services for young children and families and systems level collaboration across the service delivery systems focused on vulnerable children and families.
- 1 to 3 years prior program development experience; demonstrable leadership skills.
- Demonstrated knowledge of child welfare system; state and federal policies related to abuse/neglect of young children; and Infant/toddler social-emotional development and impact of abuse and neglect.
- Proficiency in use of virtual platforms including: ZOOM Pro, TEAMS, Adobe and RingCentral.
- Effective training and group facilitation skills that reflect principles of adult learning, leadership, and reflective practice.
- Strong organizational and writing skills and the ability to manage multiple responsibilities effectively.
- Ability to travel (overnight and occasional weekend stays required).
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Supervisory experience, including experience providing reflective supervision.
- Ability to communicate court teams’ issues quickly and as needed to a wide variety of audiences.
- Ability to be flexible and adaptable to dynamic changes in the community environments in which the work is done.
- Ability to work collaboratively with individuals representing a range of backgrounds, diversities and skill levels.
- Knowledge of ITCP programmatic requirements including federal legislation & regulations related to programs and policies and allowable uses of funding related to child welfare and at-risk populations.
- Ability to build relationships with a variety of people, from agency heads to case workers and family members.
- Ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary experts.
- Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and work independently.
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to relate effectively to people of varied professions, personal backgrounds, and cultures.
- Experience working with juvenile and family court judges.
- Able to listen attentively to verbal and non-verbal cues that lead to a deeper understanding.
Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively to develop and maintain relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites and funders.
- Encourages and practices critical thinking.
- Is self-reflective and empathic.
- Ability to communicate complex ideas simply.
- Recognizes the influence of workplace relationships on outcomes and results.
- Demonstrates an understanding and acceptance of equity, inclusion and diversity concepts, and that they are broader than just race, ethnicity and gender.
- Maintains a respectful and accepting approach to others.
- Establishes a psychologically safe environment for sharing and strategic planning within complex team dynamics.
- Awareness of the influence of the larger context on individual behavior.
- Unbiased objectivity
- Collaboratively and creatively supports the work efforts of colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the organization.
- Demonstrates self-awareness, in terms of understanding their own culture, identity, biases, prejudices, power, privilege, and stereotypes.
Bachelor’s degree in discipline related to child welfare practice. Master’s degree preferred.
While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is frequently required to use finger dexterity as well as sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen. Also may need to remain seated for long periods, have the ability to perform repetitive motions and reach for objects. Employee is frequently required to hold a writing instrument, communicate verbally, and hear well enough to detect nuances and receive detailed information. They may be required to grasp objects, push and pull objects, bend, stand, walk, squat or kneel. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision for data preparation or analysis, and expansive reading. May need to lift up to 30 pounds.
The work conditions described here is representative of those an employee encounters while performing this job. Depending on work location, the incumbent will typically work indoors in a heated and air-conditioned office, with a mixture of natural, incandescent and fluorescent light with low to moderate noise levels or be subject to working conditions conducive to a home environment. When travel is expected the incumbent will be exposed to outside environmental conditions during those times.
ZERO TO THREE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Women, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.